JodyJazz Trio lights up Rancho Alegre

click to enlarge PHOTO BY GEOFF L JOHNSON
Photo by Geoff L Johnson

EVERY FRIDAY AND Saturday night from 6:30-9:30, the Rancho Alegre Cuban restaurant at 402 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Savannah turns the house lights blue for the world-class JodyJazz Trio.

Virtuoso saxophonist Jody Espina is joined by Maggie Evans on bass along with Jackson Evans on guitar. The three musicians add a distinctive Latin flair that spices the night with notes of New Orleans jazz, salsa and Brazilian bossa nova.

Distinguished educator and Broadway musician Jody Espina is well-known in the music industry. His Savannah-based company JodyJazz makes the highest-rated saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces available today. JodyJazz products are available in about 300 music stores worldwide and are used by many of the world’s most accomplished musicians.

A dominant force in the local jazz community, guitarist Jackson Evans hails from Logan, Utah. He works for Savannah’s own Benedetto Guitars as both customer relations manager and marketing director and serves on the board of directors for the Junior Jazz Foundation – a Hilton Head nonprofit youth group that serves to preserve the love of jazz through education and live performances.

Visual artist, bassist and singer Maggie Evans teaches foundations classes at SCAD and, in addition to being an accomplished musician, enjoys a career as a gallery artist. The three diverse personalities bring broad-based experiences that add a richness to a dynamic performance that shouldn’t be missed at Rancho Alegre.

The Rancho Alegre Cuban restaurant has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for over 20 years. Offering some of the best Cuban, Caribbean and Spanish food, an award-winning Paella valenciana, homemade Mojitos, Sangria and Caipirinha, Rancho Alegre is a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner – serving the community since 1999.

What the JodyJazz Trio loves most about performing at Rancho Alegre, is the sense of family. “Everyone is treated like family,” said Jackson, “from the band, to the staff, to the customers – everyone is family here.”

About The Author

Jonathan Vasata

Jonathan Vasata was born on Long Island, New York and graduated from Islip High School. He holds undergraduate degrees in both Fine Art and Advertising Design from Western Carolina University and the Fashion Institute of Technology respectively. In 2018, he received his M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah...
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